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Some tears, some hugs ... and summer vacation begins

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    PHOTOS BY Isabella Bartolucci - ibartolucci@charlotteobserver.co
    Darrian Kelly, 13, hugs Donna Armstrong, a middle school counselor, at E.E. Waddell Language Arts Academy on the last day of school on Tuesday. Most Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools dismissed for the summer on Tuesday.
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    Isabella Bartolucci - ibartolucci@charlotteobserver.co
    Teachers at E.E. Waddell Language Arts Academy wave goodbye to the last bus of students on their way home on the last day of school on Tuesday.

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With hugs, tears and a healthy dose of smiles, students and teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and many other North Carolina public systems Tuesday said goodbye to one another for the summer.

It was the final day of classes in the 2013-14 academic year for most North Carolina schools, although a few systems, such as Union County, will finish Wednesday. They’ll be gone until Monday, Aug. 25, when the 2014-15 academic year begins.

At E.E. Waddell Language Arts Academy, the staff arranged a ceremonial “bus sendoff” for students.

A number of schools also held “moving up” ceremonies for fifth- and eighth-grade students, who will be moving to middle schools and high schools next year.

Summer vacation hasn’t started for everyone in CMS yet. Teachers have work days for the rest of the week. And students and staff at several schools in the CMS Project L.I.F.T. zone will attend classes for the rest of the week and then resume in late July. The program serves students at nine west Charlotte schools.

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